INQUIRY 20-11, Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)

Published: December 18, 2020
Effective: Pay Period 26, 2020


The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) maximum amount paid by employees as it applies to payments received on or after January 1, 2021, is described below.

FICA Employee

The current Federal Social Security (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI)) and Medicare amounts are calculated by multiplying the current FICA-taxable wages by the appropriate FICA rate.

The FICA rate remains 7.65 percent. Of the 7.65 percent, the 6.2 percent Social Security portion has a maximum annual earnings of $142,800 with a maximum amount paid by the employee of $8,853.60. The FICA Medicare rate remains 1.45 percent on wages up to $200,000. The FICA Medicare rate remains 2.35 percent for the portion of wages over $200,000.

Medicare-Only Employee

The Medicare rate remains 1.45 percent on wages up to $200,000. The Medicare rate remains 2.35 percent for the portion of wages over $200,000.

No action on the part of the employee or the personnel office is necessary.


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